For those interested in sumo with a twist, September 9 is the day to head out to Kamigamo Shrine.
Starting at 10 am, visitors will make an offering of chrysanthemum flowers at the main hall and then pray.
Following this ritual, the annual "Karasu" (crow) sumo tournament will be held. Neighborhood children don a loin cloth, enter the ring, and have a go.
The shrine is in the far north of Kyoto, but it is an easy ride and is accessible from the east side of the Kamo River.
Kyoto City Bus #4, 46, get off at Kamigamo-jinja-mae
075 781 0011
Cyclists will find ample parking space in front of the shrine.
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